See, I really can post two posts in a row like the good old days. Remember when I posted over 25 blog entries a month? Not sure I'll do that this year while I'm searching for work, but this is a start.
Today I want to finish up my thoughts from yesterday. The spring-like weather we've been having, complete with tons of rain, has got me thinking. I have time on my hands for the first time in 15+ years, so what's stopping me from completing my rain barrel setup? Sure, money is an issue, but if you make them yourself they're pretty cheap. So I have been researching food-grade 55 gallon drums. To my surprise, I no longer have to go to Yelm to get them. There is a place in my town that carries used drums for $15. Even more shocking, there is a place that delivers plumbed rain barrels for $50. I'm not sure I can make a rain barrel that cheap. I'm checking into availablity of the $50 one.
I want three total. Two will go in the garden area. I think I have the space for 3, but I'm going to start with 2. I have over 2,000 SF of roofline that flows into the downspout at the corner of my garden area. I can easily divert the downspout into a rain barrel, connect the two via the overflow, then send the final overflow back to the storm drain.
The third I want to put over by my kids room to support the blueberries. Not only to support them, but to protect them. You see, I planted the two new plants I got from Sandy on either side of a downspout. I knew it could be a problem with too much water for the plants, but with a rain barrel, I can divert the overflow out into the yard or to the other side of the fence or whatever.
I'm looking forward to the project. The kids spend so much time outdoors these days, they want dad out there too. Gardening gives me the chance to kill two birds with one stone.
Lastly, I am looking forward to reviewing a book for Patti the Garden Girl. I'm almost done with Michael Pollen's Omnivore's Dilema and it would be good to read a gardening book after that heavy reading. More on that later.
Enjoy your garden!